Mirror Sport brings you five talking points on Chelsea’s clash with Newcastle, which saw West Londoners climb to the top of the Premier League table

Premier League title hopes Chelsea topped the table on Saturday afternoon with a routine win over Newcastle United

The Blues beat the winners 2-0 at St James’ Park, with an own goal from Federico Fernandez and a second-half strike from Tammy Abraham giving the visitors all three points

Frank Lampard’s troops dominated from the start, immediately spicing up Karl Darlow’s goal and unleashing wave after wave of attack

Newcastle offered very little resistance to West Londoners, a failure that will no doubt annoy Toon boss Steve Bruce

Fernandez put the visitors ahead in the 10th minute, with the Argentine slipping through his net while trying to clear a low cross from Mason Mount

Fernandez found himself on the ground seconds after putting the home side behind and immediately claimed he was fouled by Ben Chilwell

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Frank Lampard’s team made waves during the summer by spending over £ 250million to bring in Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Hakim Ziyech, Edouard Mendy and Thiago Silva

It gave them one of the most powerful attacks in the Premier League – but behind them remains a defense that continues to shy away from goals, with 3-3 draws against West Brom and Southampton already behind them

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Replays have shown there was contact between the pair, although it appears to have been initiated a fraction of a second after Fernandez made contact with the ball

Newcastle fans were hoping VAR would have freed them from prison Alas, that didn’t turn out to be the case

Newcastle entered today’s game after losing 2-0 to Southampton ahead of the international break

The Magpies turned into a lackluster spectacle on the South Coast leading many to believe that they would immediately be stuck at Chelsea This did not turn out to be the case, however

From the start, Bruce’s troops gave Chelsea time and space on the ball – a luxury the Blues took advantage of Newcastle put no pressure on the Blues until the 35th minute, which led to their best chance of the match

Bruce will no doubt bemoan his team’s decision to sit down and relax early

When Chelsea signed Timo Werner this summer, many thought his arrival could cause problems for England international Abraham

Lampard, however, found a way to incorporate both players into the starting XI – giving Werner a wider spot and playing Abraham in the middle

The duo, 24 and 23 respectively, worked well during their brief stint together and did so again today – with Werner setting Abraham’s goal in the 65th minute

It’s still early days, but it looks like the couple have shown signs that they can form a great and successful partnership

Last season’s defeated FA Cup finalists created a plethora of chances but wasted in front of goal

Stopper Toon Darlow did his part to keep the score low, but Lampard will no doubt be worried about his team’s inability to capitalize on the abundance of chances that have fallen upon them

Newcastle’s record signing has often reduced a lonely and isolated figure during his 1.5-year stay at Tyneside This afternoon’s game with Chelsea was no different, with the striker at the periphery of the match

Bruce was hopeful the 24-year-old would provide a way for his team to get onto the pitch after absorbing the pressure

Joelinton, however, was unable to hold the ball when shot in his direction – carelessly relinquishing possession on several occasions

The Brazilian’s weak league goal return – coupled with his less-than-stellar heist play – has already led part of the Toon army to cancel it

One can only wonder how much more time will Bruce give the attacker to prove himself before opting for a new approach

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